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January 17, 2001
Jason Newsted leaves Metallica.
"Due to private and personal reasons, and the physical damage that I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love, I must step away from the band. This is the most difficult decision of my life, made in the best interest of my family, myself, and the continued growth of Metallica. I extend my love, thanks, and best wishes to my brothers: James, Lars, and Kirk and the rest of the Metallica family, friends, and fans whom have made these years so unforgettable."

--Jason Newsted


February 11, 2001
MacFarlane Toys releases Metallica action figures based on the band during the ´┐ŻAnd Justice For All era.
"We made the Beatles ... John Lennon isn't alive, and the Beatles are no longer together. So, Jason was with them for a long time, so it became not necessarily the true Metallica. It becomes the classic Metallica."

--Todd McFarlane


February 21, 2001
Metallica (with Michael Kamen conducting the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra) win a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "The Call of Ktulu." Other nominees in category include Peter Frampton, Joe Satrini, Kenny Wayne Shepard Band, and Phish.





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